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Change-making! More from our conversations about camps

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By Helen Jones |  December 13, 2016 |

The way forward in community cohesion around encampments is really about bringing people together and letting them talk the issues out.  The answers to our difficulties are there amongst us, we need to give ourselves permission to go for it!

What is really encouraging is the growing number of examples of pragmatic solutions being used to manage encampment without continual recourse to legal procedures to evict. Here's our newest report and film.

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Leeds GATE CEO thinks we need to talk about 'antigypsyism'

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By Helen Jones |  December 2, 2016 |

Promotion and use of the term ‘antigypsyism’ is potentially as contentious as it is helpful. For example in some places in Europe the word gypsy is a stigmatised word.  In the UK and Spain the word, which we capitalise as a name, Gypsy, is not regarded of itself as a stigma. Whatever we think about it, the Alliance against Antigypsyism, who are promoting the term, are likely to have influence in Europe at least, if possibly less so in the UK. Whether we remain in the European Union or not however, this line of thinking is likely to affect UK Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers, Scottish Gypsy Travellers and Roma. We need to talk about it.

Next article: "Time for Blue-skies thinking - camping in Shangri-la"

Hertfordshire Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment launches independent website for victims of racial abuse

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By Helen Jones |  November 17, 2016 |
Our Colleagues at Hertfordshire Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment have launched an important new website.  This article first appeared on the Travellers Times website.
Report Racism GRT will be used to collect data on where, when and the type of hate used against GRT members to help combat racism. The initiative can also provide support to Gypsy, Traveller and Roma victims of racism.

You can access Report Racism GRT by clicking HERE.

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On Buzzwords and Played Out Terminology

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By Helen Jones |  November 2, 2016 |

The technical term for what I might call a ‘buzzword’, whose usefulness has expired is to say that the word has become an ‘empty signifier’.  It’s original meaning has been scooped out by overuse, or misuse, and it becomes a degraded brand even though the original concept or principle that the word describes might remain as important as ever.  People are potentially steered away from the principle because the describing word or phrase has become devalued.  Sometimes the word actually does somehow capture more currency than the idea behind it deserves, or is simply a catchy re-naming of a tired method. In this blog I am exploring the power of words and how minority groups like ours can use words to create change.

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Mary Street Residents Meet MP Imran Hussain

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By Helen Jones |  October 21, 2016 |

Last Friday a group of residents from Mary Street Caravan Site in Bradford visited MP for Bradford East Imran Hussain.

‘We had just had enough,’ said resident Ruth, ‘it didn’t matter what we did or said we were just being ignored, it felt like we didn’t have a voice’. A few months ago in total frustration residents rang Leeds GATE to see if we could help in any way.

GATE visited the site and together with residents made a short film which highlighted some of the issues faced by people living on the 28 pitch council site which is located in BD4.

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